Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by Cecilia. Cecilia Wonders, “How do you save endangered animals?” Thanks for WONDERing with us, Cecilia!

You may have already learned about how species become endangered. After all, it’s a problem faced all over the world. But have you ever WONDERed whether you can help save endangered species?

The answer is complex. Species become endangered for many reasons. Most are at-risk due to habitat loss. Others face issues like poaching. Invasive species also play a role. Many factors influence all of these causes, making the issue hard to solve. As of 2022, 16,118 species around the world are endangered. 

The situation is bleak, but there is good news. Many organizations are working hard to help endangered species. The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) has helped slow rhino poaching. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has also made a difference. It’s worked for over 60 years to save habitats and help at-risk animals.

Other groups that help endangered species are the Padi Aware Foundation, Jane Goodall Institute, Wildlife Conservation Society, and many others. Individuals support these groups by donating and volunteering. And this is just one way people can help. Both kids and adults can act to make a difference. In fact, you’re taking one of the most important steps right now! 

By reading today’s Wonder of the Day, you’re learning about what causes endangered species. That’s one of the most important things you can do to help them! Then, help spread the word and educate others.

It’s also important to take steps to save at-risk habitats. You can help by visiting a national park or wildlife refuge. These places preserve habitats for native species. By visiting, you bring more attention to parks and refuges. This makes it more likely that these areas will continue to be protected.

You can also help by growing plants that are native to your area. This helps protect biodiversity. Native plants are natural food sources for native animals. Growing them also lowers the risk of introducing invasive species to the area.

Speaking of gardens, it’s also important to limit the use of herbicides and pesticides. They harm plants and animals that come into contact with them. Does your family use these chemicals? If so, use them responsibly and follow the directions for each chemical.

Many practices that are good for the environment also help endangered species. Driving less—and driving slower—can cut carbon emissions. It also reduces the number of animals killed on roadways. Reusing and recycling lowers waste and the use of natural resources from animal habitats. And, of course, always keep your distance from wild animals in nature. This is safest for both people and animals.

Individual actions can go a long way toward helping endangered species. However, many experts agree this requires change on a larger level. That’s why it’s also important to advocate for support from government agencies. One way to do so is to communicate with government representatives. Express your support for laws, programs, and funding that protect endangered species.

How can your family help endangered species? Talk with a family member today about actions you can take to help. Endangered species need many people working together to support them.

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